Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Iconic Chippewa River

Summer has finally arrived in Mt. Pleasant and with hot weather comes the need to find a place to cool off. Many locals as well as tourists confide in the cooling and exhilarating relaxation of the Chippewa River

The Chippewa River offers many activities including canoeing, tubing and fishing. Whether you are looking for a great time with friends or a quiet afternoon, the Chippewa River is one of the top destinations in Mt. Pleasant, MI.


As one of the most popular activities to do on the Chippewa River, tubing is something for everyone. The river flows at very low speeds with little to no rapids making it fun for all ages. Many college students, families, and tourists tube down the river through the Mt. Pleasant parks system which takes you from wooded areas, to neighborhoods, to public parks. Tubing down the Chippewa River is truly a Mt. Pleasant tradition. 

For tubing rental information you can visit or

Kayaking & Canoeing

For those looking for more of an adventure on the Chippewa River, kayak and canoe rentals are available for exploring parts of the Chippewa River like never before. Canoeing and kayaking groups range from two people to large parties. For summertime in Mt. Pleasant this is a great hobby to have.

For kayak or canoe rentals you can go to or

Fishing & Swimming

The Chippewa River has many great locations for fishing as well as easy access locations for swimming. Parks, such as Nelson Park, provide great areas for the little ones to walk in the water. Other parks, such as Mill Pond Park, have beautiful bridges to cast off from for fishing. Deerfield Nature Park also provides sandy areas along the river for swimming and sun bathing. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

100 Days of Summer in 2014

June 1st – Start the summer off by supporting local business! Roz’s Diner in Rosebush is having a park BBQ at Rosebush Township Park. You can get more information at

June 2ndMt. Pleasant has many parks to enjoy. Grab your checkered cloth and a basket and enjoy a picnic in the park!

June 3rd – Looking to get healthy this summer? Stop by the Plate Boutique in downtown Mt. Pleasant and learn all about healthy eating. For more information on the store and healthy eating visit

June 4th – Interested in art? Art Reach of Mid Michigan is hosting a “Let’s do Lunch” program featuring Cozette Phillips who will have an interactive mixed media art demonstration.

June 5th – Today marks the first day of the 30th Annual Mt. Pleasant Summer Festival in Island Park. Enjoy flea markets, carnival rides, and more!

June 6th – On your mark, get set, GO! Today is the first day of Le Tour de Mont Pleasant! The Time Trial race takes off at 5:30pm. For race information and schedules visit

June 7th – Are you a beer fan? Join us for the Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival in downtown from 4-9pm after the Criterium Race for Le Tour de Mont Pleasant. Visit for more info.

June 8th – Le Tour de Mont Pleasant continues and today is the professional road race beginning at 9am at Mid Michigan Community College on Summerton. Summerfest is also hosting the Rods in the Park car show down in Island Park

June 9th – Enjoy a stop at the Mole Hole in downtown Mt. Pleasant and see all the hand-crafted jewelry.

June 10th – Are you a golfer and want to give back? Sign up for the HATS Off Golf Outing at the PohlCat on June 24th.  Proceeds go toward the Humane Animal Treatment Society. For more info on the golf outing you can visit

June 11th – Need a little adrenaline rush? The Mt. Pleasant Skydivers give lessons on skydiving and do first jumps for non experienced jumpers. Another check off the bucket list! To contact Central Michigan Skydivers you can visit

June 12th – Want to try something different? Strap on your helmet and knee pads and take a chance at the Skate Park located in Island Park!

June 13th – The Jackson’s are coming to the Casino! Head to Soaring Eagle Casino as they kick off their summer concerts. For more Soaring Eagle Concerts go to

June 14th – Go to Central Michigan University’s Park Library and see their new diverse collections of art in their Baber Room.

June 15th – Happy Father’s Day! Fireside Grill (located at Maple Creek Golf Course in Shepherd, MI) will celebrate dad with a golf and meal special. For more information you can call 1-887-828-2292 or visit

June 16th – Good reads are easy to find at the Chippewa River District Library!

June 17th – If you’re stuck in a rainy day, Mt. Pleasant Spinning Wheels has your solution to fun. Tuesday’s have skate rentals and snacks for only $1 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. For more skate times visit

June 18th – Buckley’s Canoe is at it again for another series of old time fun music. Join them and the Mud Puppies as they perform down by the Chippewa River! For pricing and canoe times visit

June 19th – Another night of great concerts at Soaring Eagle Casino. Tonight’s show is country music star Hunter Hays! For more concerts visit

June 20th – Looking for a great deal? Today starts the Mt. Pleasant City Wide Garage Sales. Travel around Isabella County and see what deals you can find.

June 21st – Come cheer on the athletes of the Pastime Baseball tournament. The boys will be playing for the championship at the CMU baseball fields.

June 22nd – It’s a great day for fishing and Deerfield Nature Park has many places along the Chippewa River you can visit!

June 23rdCentral Michigan University is host to the traveling Holocaust Memorial Exhibit. Visit the Museum of Cultural and Natural History to view this free exhibit.

June 24th – Looking for a night out? Get a sitter and head to Soaring Eagle Casino! Try your luck at the tables or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants.

June 25th – CMU offers great live shows during their summer theater program! See “Murder by Natural Causes” at Bush Theater at 7:30pm.

June 26th – Another CMU Summer Theater show opens tonight. Come see “Smell of the Kill” at Bush Theater at 7:30pm.

June 27th – The last of the Summer Theater shows premieres tonight with “The Complete World of Sports”. Start your weekend with this comedy at Bush Theater at 7:30pm.

June 28th – The softball fields at CMU and in the parks of Mt. Pleasant are filled with athletes for the MASA Junior Olympic Softball Tournament. Stop by a field and cheer on the girls.

June 29th – Do you like disc golfing? Head to Deerfield Park for the Michigan Match Play 3rd Annual Championship.

June 30th – Practice on your strike with a visit to 989 Bowling or Chippewa Lanes!

July 1st – It is the first day of Chair Affair! Walk the streets of downtown Mt. Pleasant and see the creative painted chairs made by local artists in the community.

July 2nd – Feeling creative? Painted Turtle is a great place to paint your very own pottery. With a new location downtown, everyone can enjoy this family fun experience.

July 3rd – Have you been to Mt. Pleasant’s Farmer’s Market yet? Located in Island Park, the farmer’s market provides fresh produce, and locally made products.

July 4th – Celebrate Independence Day with a fantastic firework display at Soaring Eagle Casino!

July 5th – The kids will love to spend the holiday weekend at Gammy Woods Campground where they can decorate their bikes and participate in the Isabella County Parks & Rec. Bike Parade.

July 6th – Go on an adventure over the holiday weekend. Rent a canoe from Buckley’s Canoe and explore the Chippewa River like never before! For rental information visit

July 7th – Go to the extreme with Snow Snake’s Zip Line Tours in Harrison, MI. For zip line information visit

July 8th – Want to try something new? Dog Central in downtown Mt. Pleasant has many unique creations when it comes to hot dogs. Try one for lunch today.

July 9th – Test your limits with the A-Wall Indoor Rock Climbing Wall at Central Michigan University in Finch Field House. For climbing wall information visit or call 989-774-1425.

July 10th – Kick off the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series with Bryan Vander Ark and Friends in downtown Mt. Pleasant outside of Max & Emily’s Eatery. For more concert information visit

July 11th – Classic cars fill the streets of downtown for the 1st Annual Back to the Bricks Mt. Pleasant Car Show! And stick around for the first Movies by Moonlight of the summer featuring Disney’s Frozen! For Back to the Bricks information visit

July 12th – Back to the Bricks Mt. Pleasant is at it again. Bring the family for music, great food, and kids activities! Visit for more details.

July 13th – Enjoy your Sunday morning with a donut from Robaire’s Bakery.

July 14th – What a great week to take a vacation and go camping! Mt. Pleasant has many local campgrounds your family will love.

July 15th – Kids love to cool off in the water. Beat the heat with a trip to Mt. Pleasant’s Splash Park located in Island Park.

July 16th – Facing another day of rain? Have a local and educational experience with a trip to Ziibwing Center. For more information on tours visit

July 17th – Have you gone tubing down the Chippewa River yet? Join in on the tradition students and locals have been doing for decades!

July 18th – Spend your Friday trying out a disc golf course. Mt. Pleasant has one on CMU’s Campus and in Deerfield Park.

July 19th – Make family memories by visiting Rhynard’s Blueberry Farm offering U-Pick and pre-picked blueberries! For times and information visit

July 20th – Our parks offer areas for many different sports. Head to Island Park and play anything from baseball to volleyball or even tennis.

July 21st – Enjoy one of the famous sandwiches at Max & Emily’s Eatery while soaking up the sun on their patio!

July 22nd – Head to the Isabella County Fair at the fair grounds for animal shows and amusements rides!

July 23rd – The Midwest Girls Basketball Report is coming to Mt. Pleasant. Cheer on the girls as they play at CMU, Shepherd High School and Beal City High School.

July 24th – Every Thursday head over to the Pixie for their Cruisin' the Pix Night. Enjoy classic cars at this classic restaurant establish over 60 years ago.

July 25th – Head out to the Saginaw Chippewa Campground for the Saginaw Chippewa
Annual Pow Wow where you can enjoy Native American dancing, singing, food and crafts!

July 26th – Take the kids to the golf course. Bucks Run offers family putt-putt. For more information visit

July 27th – On a hot Sunday everyone likes to cool off. Head to Coldwater Lake Family Park for fun swimming.

July 28th – On this beautiful day even our furry friends like to play! Take the dogs for a walk through the streets of downtown or on one of the many gorgeous park trails.

July 29th – Hit the greens! With the many golf courses in Mt. Pleasant playing a game is easy to do. Visit to book your golf getaway.

July 30th – Are you creative with yarn? Join the Yarn Bomb as part of Art Walk Central and decorate lamp posts on the streets of Mt. Pleasant. Don’t forget to visit for more event information.

July 31st – It’s a night of concerts! The Kruger Brothers will be performing at the Max & Emily’s Free Summer Concert Series and Delilah DeWylde and The Lost Boys performing at Buckely’s Canoe! Also Rascal Flatts will be at Soaring Eagle and Casino. For more concert info visit, or

August 1st – Every Friday night the Mt. Pleasant Speedway has exciting races. Take the family and have fun watching the race cars. For the summer schedule visit  

August 2nd – Kids feeling cooped up? Have them explore the Timber Town play structure at Island Park.

August 3rd – A beautiful day could use a bike ride. Explore downtown Mt. Pleasant with an afternoon on the bike.

August 4th – Spend a beautiful evening having a beautiful dinner. Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge have a great patio for enjoying your meal outside.

August 5th – Learn how to create art pieces with chalk in the Chalk Art Workshop as part of Art Walk Central! Don’t forget to visit for more event information.

August 6th – Do some good in the community and volunteer at H.A.T.S. For more information on H.A.T.S. and animal adoption go to

August 7thDowntown Mt. Pleasant is the place to be today! Kids are welcome to tile painting as part of Art Walk Central. Meanwhile artists hit the sidewalks for ChalkArt! All followed by Max & Emily’s Concert Series featuring Shuba Vedula. For more concert info visit  

August 8th – Feeling creative today? Artist Rex Tower is hosting a painting workshop in the “open air” as part of Art Walk Central. Don’t forget to visit for more event information.

August 9th – Tonight is the second film featured in the Movies by Moonlight outdoor movie series. Bring the whole family to City Hall to watch Despicable Me 2!

August 10th – For a nice warm summer night, it’s great to relax with a cone of soft serve ice cream on the picnic tables outside of Doozie’s Ice Cream Place.

August 11th – A trip to Morey Courts always makes your day better. You can play basketball, volleyball, or tennis. You can even try the racquetball courts.

August 12th – As part of Art Walk Central, the artists are having a Meet and Greet night at Art Reach of Mid Michigan! Come meet the talent that decorates Mt. Pleasant for the month of August. Don’t forget to visit for more event information.

August 13th – Want a romantic date night? Camille’s on the river provides the romantic dinner you have been looking for, while enjoying the beautiful Chippewa River.

August 14th – Tonight head to downtown Mt. Pleasant for another Max & Emily’s summer concert featuring The Saucecats. For more concert info visit

August 15th – Are you a beer fan? Head to Mountain Town Brewing Company and try some delicious local brews.

August 16th – Tonight is the last film in the Movies by Moonlight series! Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and see the classic Singin’ in the Rain.

August 17th – Have you enjoyed the art pieces part of Art Walk Central yet? Grab a map from Art Reach of Mid Michigan in downtown and look at the pieces made by artists from all around. Don’t forget to visit for more event information.

August 18th – Did you know you can access the adventure trail at any one of the parks in Mt. Pleasant? Walk a couple miles of trails today.

August 19th – Have you noticed the banners around town? Art Walk Central’s Festival of Banners is happening now! Walk the streets of downtown Mt. Pleasant, Winn, and Shepherd and see art from all around the community.

August 20th – The First Church of the Nazarene is throwing their Back to School Bash. Join them for food, games, and a school supply give away.

August 21st – Every Thursday Fireside Grill at Maple Creek Golf Course in Shepherd has an International Night. Enjoy delicious food from countries all over the world.

August 22nd – Head out to Blanchard for the Steam and Gas Engine Show. See antique tractors, shop the flea market and more!

August 23rd – Tonight is the last concert of the Max & Emily’s Concert Series! Head downtown and enjoy the rhythmic sounds of The Ragbirds. For more concert info visit

August 24th –Enjoy a coffee or delicious snack at Kaya Coffee and Tea Company.

August 25th – Kids love to take pictures. Sign them up for Photography for Kids camp at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum. The camp runs from Aug 26th – 29th. For more information on this and other camps visit

August 26th – Everyone enjoys going to the movies. Celebration Cinema offers the latest blockbusters with delicious popcorn. Try the new D-Box seats, where you move and shake with the film, and experience movies at a whole new level. 

August 27th – When the kids need something new and exciting take them to the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum where learning is fun! For membership information visit

August 28th – Summer is coming to an end and football season is starting! Head to Kelly/Shorts Stadium for the season opener as the CMU Chippewas play Chattanooga. For a full football schedule go to

August 29th – Head to Soaring Eagle to see Fall Out Boy as part of their outdoor concert series. For more information go to

August 30th – Experience the Yoder’s Quilt Auction and Flea Market. With over 400 craft booths there’s something for everyone.

August 31st – Families love to get a day pass for the Soaring Eagle Water Park. Shoot down a water slide or relax while floating on the lazy river. 

September 1st – Happy Labor Day! Spend today outside, whether it’s at one of the Mt. Pleasant Parks or celebrating in your own backyard.

September 2nd – Make memories by taking the family horse back riding at Outback Riding Stables. Visit for more information.

September 3rd – It’s not too late in the summer to enjoy a great patio! Hunter’s Ale House has a great atmosphere with great food and drinks.

September 4th – The Farmer’s Market is still going on. Stop by Island Park for fresh local products.

September 5th – Today marks the first day of the 41st Annual Wheatland Music Festival. Take the camper and enjoy live music with friends.

September 6thThe Cabin is another great place with a patio, and if you have the courage, give it a shot with karaoke on Saturday and Thursday nights.

September 7th Want to host a wine and cheese party? Market on Main has everything you will need

September 8th – Close out the summer with a BBQ! All of Mt. Pleasant Parks provide grills and picnic tables for gatherings.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Movies by Moonlight 2014

Mount Pleasant has done it again, another summer of outdoor movies!  This year the outdoor movies are not a force to be reckoned with. From blockbuster favorites to timeless classics the whole family can enjoy the movies featured in downtown Mt. Pleasant.

Movies by Moonlight will kick off on July 11th, following the Back to the Bricks Mt. Pleasant Car Show, with the feature film Frozen. In the kingdom of Arendelle Princess Elsa is to become Queen. But in a turn of events her magical abilities put the kingdom in an arctic tundra! It is up to her sister Anna, a mountain man named Kristoff, and a snowman named Olaf to show Elsa the beauty of her power and save the kingdom. Disney’s popular story has touched the hearts of fans all over the world and now it can be viewed for free next to City Hall!

The second film on the Movies by Moonlight line up will be on August 9th, following the ChalkART competition at Art Walk Central, is Despicable Me 2. Gru is back! Only this time he is balancing being a father and making an honest living in the jam business. When Anti-Villain League agent Lucy recruits Gru to help her catch a thief, Gru is thrown into an unexpected adventure fighting villains (including boyfriends) and finding love himself. Kids young and old flock to this gut busting comedy, and the minions are sure to entertain!

The final feature in the Movies by Moonlight Film Series is the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain. On August 16th everyone can enjoy this star studded cast, including Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, give a performance to remember! Changes are made as a silent film company makes a difficult transition into sound. Chorus girl, Kathy Selden, is asked to voice over leading lady, Lina Lamont. A comedy filled with great singing, love triangles and more, the family will enjoy one of the most well known musicals of all time!

All outdoor movies will begin at dusk. Movies are played outside of City Hall at 320 W. Broadway on the grassy knoll. Bring your camping chairs, blankets and water bottles and enjoy a great movie outside!

For more information you can contact the Mount Pleasant Convention and Visitors Bureau at (989) 772-4433

Friday, April 25, 2014


It is a game that has been played for almost ten years, rapidly gaining popularity and turning into one of the most talked about club sports around the world. The game is Quidditch, and this Harry Potter inspired game is anything but easy. Originating in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont, students took the fantasy sport and made it a reality. By the year 2008 the club sport was seen at numerous campuses, eventually finding its way to Central Michigan University.

Andrew Derry, now a senior at CMU, was an athlete all his life. After graduating high school he wanted to continue his love for sports but didn’t know how until he discovered Quidditch. Andrew gathered a group of friends to play, “Once I started playing there was no looking back,” Andrew said, “I was addicted.”

Although they were not a registered club, the group played together for a long time, “We were an unofficial club for four years, until 2012,” said Andrew. In 2012 the group traveled to Allendale, MI to play another team at Grand Valley State University in their first unofficial tournament. For Andrew that tournament was the deciding factor, “Then we became hooked. After that we became a club, became IQA (International Quidditch Association) registered, and the fall of 2012 was our first official semester.” When Andrew and his friends first gathered together only 7 to 10 people would come play. Today the club has around 30 members and continues to grow.

Known to fans of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Quidditch is the most popular Wizarding world sport played on brooms. Aside from the fact that humans cannot fly, the club sport has other differences but stays true to the essentials. The Quidditch field is called a pitch and contains at each end three oval hoops used as goals. On the pitch are two teams, with seven players each (three chasers, two beaters, a keeper and a seeker). And just like the book series there are four main balls on the pitch: one quaffle (a deflated volleyball), and three bludgers (deflated dodgeballs). The three chasers throw the quaffles through the hoops to score points, while the beaters attempt to stop them with the bludger. During this time, the keeper defends the hoops and the seeker tries to catch the snitch. Differences are that the beaters don’t use bats, and once the snitch is caught it is only worth 30 points, not 150 like in the stories.

The largest difference between the two games is the snitch. With the lack of magic, the snitch in club Quidditch is in fact a person. Dressed in gold clothing with a ball attached to their back, the snitch is the only participant that is not given rules or regulations. “Snitches don’t really have rules, they are more entertainment for the crowd,” informed Andrew, “But as the popularity grows they have become more strategic.”

The goal of the snitch is to not get caught, by any means necessary! Snitches have been known to use nerf guns, and even hop on bikes to not get caught. However every snitch does have boundaries to encourage play close to the pitch. The complexity of each player creates a jumbled atmosphere as numerous things happen at once. If you don’t pay attention, you could miss something!

CMU’s Quidditch club hosted their first annual Mid Michigan Melee tournament last year. This fall they are hoping to host between 10-12 teams. The Quidditch season begins in the fall and runs until the World Cup in April. Students interested in joining the Quidditch team at CMU are welcome to their open practices. So if you’re looking for a great team atmosphere and a fun way to be active, grab your broom, it’s time for Quidditch!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall Golf in Mid-Michigan

Michigan Central Swing can help you create you're very own high-caliber, picturesque fall golf package.  Our program features 12 courses all within 30 minutes of mount pleasant and 11 lodging options so you can create a package that fits your skills and budget.

 PholCat Golf Course

Come play one of our 4 premiere courses; St. Ives, Tullymore, Bucks Run, and PohlCat at reduced fall rates while enjoying all the fall color on the golf course.

 Tullymore Golf Course

Looking for a great accompanying 4 star course to add to your package, check out The Emerald, Snow Snake, Riverwood Resort, or play Eagle Glen, and The Pines at Lake Isabella the 2013 host of the Michigan Publinx State Match play.

Bucks Run Golf Course

Here are some great options for you to consider this fall:
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Play Snow Snake, Bucks Run, and Riverwood resort.  Stay two nights at the clean, budget friendly, and locally owned Mt. Pleasant Inn & Suites.  $208.00 p.p.

Package #3
Play Eagle Glen, The Pines at Lake Isabella, and Tullymore.  Stay two nights at the closest hotel to the casino; The Baymont Inn for $255.00 p.p.

Packages start anywhere from $125.00 p.p. and up.  Call 1 -888 - 436 - 0001 and get the ball rolling for a great fall get-a-way or visit and create your one of a kind golf trip today.

The weather is looking great this upcoming weekend - October 11th - 13th.  Sunny & 70's

 Saturday SUNNY with 0% chance of rain - High 72


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Zonta Apple Fest Comes to Mt. Pleasant

  Photo by: Mark Ranzenberger
 Take time to smell the fall crisp air, soak up the colors of the fall, and sink you're teeth into a sweet treat like the fresh made donuts, apple dumplings, and the signature apple delight. Wash it all down with some apple cider and explore all that the Zonta Applefest has to offer. There will be children's games, crafts, and a bake sale, making it the perfect event for the whole family.

New this year, the Zonta Applefest will have four local food vendors including Max and Emily's, Hot Dog Central, Pisanello's Pizza, and homemade crepes. They will bring a mini "Taste of Mount Pleasant" to the event so that attendees can try some of Downtown's best foods.

  Photo by: Mark Ranzenberger
Originally a committee put this event together as a fundraising event and it remains a fundraising event today. The money raised at this event will go toward projects that further the advancement of women. Zonta is an international service organization that puts on service functions and works towards bettering the community and the advancement of women.

This will be the 26th annual Zonta Applefest. In the past the event was held at McIntosh Orchard, but it has found its new home at Papa's Pumpkin Patch after the closure of McIntosh Orchard.

Since their move, they have expanded into not only offering apple products, but Papa's Pumpkin Patch also helped the program grow by offering pumpkins for kids to buy and rides which have helped make this event the highlight of the fall season. Helen Chase of the Zonta Club stated that her favorite part of the festival is listening to the children laugh and have a good time. She also enjoys walking around and seeing all of the crafters who show their work.

This year's Zonta Applefest will take place at Papa's Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 5th. Papa's Pumpkin Patch is located at 3909 S. Summerton Rd. on the corner of Broomfield and Summerton in Mount Pleasant, MI. Events will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars and get ready for this kick off to the fall season. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Art Walk Central 2013 - August is all about the Art

Art WalkCentral, a community wide art competition and exhibit sponsored by Art Reach of Mid Michigan, will take place throughout Mt. Pleasant from August 7 through 28, 2013.  More than 100 artists from throughout Michigan and beyond will display their art work in Mt. Pleasant stores, art galleries, public spaces and businesses.  

Artist Lorna Poulos has entered a sculpture you will find downtown at town center.  The piece features a tree with flowing "leaves" and a butterfly.  The unique feature of the butterfly sculpture is the pinwheel addition.  Walk up to the piece and spin the wheel, when you look through the pinwheel the colors change in the wings of the butterfly making this a creative addition to the month long event.

Visitors of the event may participate by voting for their favorite art entries.  The artists receiving the most votes will win a cash prize.  Voters must register before voting; voter registration may be done on line at  Voting begins at 9 a.m. on August 7 and ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 28 at the Art Reach Auction for the Benefit of the Arts fundraiser.

Pieces of art can be found throughout Mt. Pleasant; inside stores, the Art museum of Central Michigan University's campus, and the Ziibiwing Center.  Photographer Kelli Walton's collage of photos can be found at the locally owned Max & Emily's Eatery and features 11 different babies all under 10 days old.  "It's a celebration of new life and parenthood," said Walton.  Walton won second place last year and had great things to say about this years entries.  "This year Art Walk Central has really increased the quality or art.  there is more sculptures and interactive art."

"New" by Kelli Walton

“The month of August is all about the ART!” stated Kathryn Hill, Executive Director of Art Reach of Mid Michigan.  “We’re excited about the quality of art entered in this year’s event. We have several outdoor sculpture pieces that are sure to ignite curiosity.”

 Have you seen Big Foot?  He is waiting for you at City Hall.  the larger than life piece was created by artist Justin La Doux of Alma, Michigan and is made entirely with recycled metal.

Big Foot by Justin La Doux
Registration and voting has already begun for this event.  You can register from now until August 26th and the last day of voting is August 27th.  One of the volunteers at registration is CMU student Kara Kinsman.  Kinsman has been interning with Art Reach this summer and wanted to get a feel for the event.  "I hope to run a studio one day and I thought I would get a lot of experience and see how a large event like this is run," said Kinsman.  "It's the second day and we have more than 230 people registered and voting already," added Kinsman.

Be sure to come and check out all the artist works and the added weekend events to really get into the mood and experience all Art Walk Central has to offer here in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

"Visual Rhythm" by Robert Barnum

Community art events will take place throughout the month as part of the Art Walk Central event.

 View the entire month of activities below:

Wednesday, August 7
                9                              Voting Begins!
                5-7                          Art Reach Meet and Greet Event

Thursday, August 8
3:30                        Artist Talk:  Brett Sauve, Ann Kowaleski and Carol Sue Bentley at the Park Library, with a reception to follow at the CMU Art Gallery

Friday, August 9
                3                              Artist Talk:  ICCU.  Artists: Lily Kostrzewa and Katie Chichester Mester

Saturday, August 10
                9-2                          Plein Air Workshop with instructor Rex Tower (2 weeks). 
10-2                       Community Paint Day (intersection of Main and Broadway)
                4                              Off Broadway Dancers demonstration (Town Center)
6-8                          Art Battle in Town Center (Glow sand provided by VML)
                8:30-10                 Movies by Moonlight at City Hall.  “Happy Feet”

The Art Battle 

Tuesday, August 13
                1-3                          “Inspired by Jeff Coons – I Love Art Topiary”
                5                              Artist Talk:  Dennis Edwards at Flour Uprising
6-8                          Chalk Art Workshop at Art Reach.  Limit of 20 participants. 

Wednesday, August 12
2-4                          China Painting  Demonstration by Donna Roberts.  Ginkgo Tree Inn

Thursday, August 15      
9-5                          Chalk art event in front of old Isabella Bank building
6:30 – 8:30           Carving workshop for Steamroller printing activity

Friday, August 16
                9-5                          Chalk art event in front of old Isabella Bank building
                3                              Artist Talk:  ICCU.  Artists:  Mark and Sarah Cox

Chalk Art 

Saturday, August 17
                9-2                          Plein Air Workshop with instructor Rex Tower.  Lunch provided by Max & Emily’s
10-noon               Chalk art event.  Prizes awarded at 1:00 p.m. in front of Art Reach
10-2                       “Magnificent Mt. Pleasant” installation.  Inspired by Mike and Doug Starn’s “Big Bambu” project.
                                This project is supported by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
8:30-10                 Movies by Moonlight at City Hall.  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Tuesday, August 20
                1-3                          Hand made musical instruments. Drop in activity

Friday, August 23
                4                              Artist Talk:  Ted Evans and Jason Mathews at CMU Art Gallery

Saturday, August 24
                11-4                       Steamroller print making
1-3                          Bubble making
                5-6:30                    Judge’s Roundtable at City Hall.  Judge’s favorites will be announced
                7:00                        Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series: Howie Day

Steamroller Print Making 

Tuesday, August 27
                1-3                          Drop in craft activity.  Pin wheels
                5                              Voting concludes

Wednesday, August 28
5:30                        Art Reach Auction/Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  All Art Walk Central winners will be announced

For more information or questions, call Art Reach at (989) 773-3689, or visit the Art Walk website at